These are the first spy shots of prototypes depicting Mercedes-Benz’s planned updates for its CLS Shooting Brake. The second generation of the CLS, which spans both sedan and Shooting Brake wagon bodystyles, was introduced for the 2012 model year so it’s about due for a mid-cycle update. We’ve previously spied the updated sedan and now we have shots of the shooting brake.

Mercedes has just introduced a facelifted E-Class range for the 2014 model year, along with a new S-Class, and soon there will be a new C-Class arriving in showrooms as well. Not wanting the CLS to be left out from the product overhaul, designers appear to be giving the car a bit of a nip and tuck to keep it looking fresh.

As the spy shots reveal, the facelifted CLS will adopt a new grille, new bumpers and revised headlights.

The interior is also likely to receive some updates and we should also see a host of technology borrowed from the latest S-Class. These are likely to include the mbrace2 infotainment system, MAGIC BODY CONTROL camera-based adaptive suspension, and the latest DISTRONIC PLUS cruise control with Steering Assist, Cross-Traffic Assist, and Pre-Safe brake assist with pedestrian recognition. In the spy shots, it looks like a new display screen has been masked.

2015 Mercedes-Benz CLS Shooting Brake facelift spy shots

2015 Mercedes-Benz CLS Shooting Brake facelift spy shots

As for the drivetrains, expect the CLS550’s twin-turbocharged 4.6-liter V-8 to carry over, perhaps with some minor revisions. The engines in the CLS63 AMG model were only recently updated so no changes are expected here.

One major change, however, is expected to be the addition of Mercedes’ new 9G-TRONIC nine-speed automatic transmission instead of the seven-speed unit currently found in the CLS. The 9G-TRONIC is said to be more refined and more fuel efficient. Note, AMG models will stick with a seven-speed SPEEDSHIFT auto.

We’re expecting the facelifted CLS-Class to be revealed midway through next year before hitting showrooms at the start of the 2015 model year. Sadly, Americas are still likely to miss out on the stylish CLS Shooting Brake seen here.


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